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  • Surgical Mask, Paper Towel Mask or Cloth Mask? Japanese Professor Tests Which Is Most Effective Against Covid-19

    04/08/2020 12:48:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | APRIL 08, 2020 | Trini Ngasiaone
    Since the coronavirus pandemic broke out, we have seen various versions of face masks people use to protect themselves against the virus, be it store-bought or homemade. But just how effective are these masks? To find out, a Japanese chemistry professor compared three different types of face masks in a science experiment: a surgical mask, a homemade paper towel mask and a homemade cloth mask. Dr Tomoaki Okuda, an associate professor of applied chemistry at Keio University, measured how well the three masks could block airborne particles using a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS). To put it simply, the hose...
  • Coronavirus Published 1 hour ago Amid coronavirus, George W. Bush's 2005 pandemic warning resurfaces, may underscore slip-ups by successors

    04/05/2020 4:30:44 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 5 2020
    Newly resurfaced footage of then-President George W. Bush urgently warning of the risks posed by pandemics in 2005 -- "If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare," Bush said at the National Institutes of Health -- has drawn belated praise from his detractors, and raised new questions as to the state of the federal government's disaster preparedness since his administration. In particular, a USA Today fact-check recently confirmed that the Obama administration had allowed the N95 mask stockpile to deplete following a series of crises, and apparently ignored calls for experts to renew...
  • AOC Calls For Coronavirus “Reparations” For Black And Brown People - Claims COVID-19 Discriminates Against Minorities

    04/03/2020 11:39:28 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 41 replies
    Right Journalism ^ | 04.03.2020 | Natalie Dagenhardt
    Facts are irrelevant to Dems. It’s all about emotion-based manipulation…Demagoguery The new rising star of the Democratic part Ocasio-Cortez shows that the Democratic party has no future because every day we hear something that doesn’t make a sense just like the rest of her party, they are all the same a living proof of Demagoguery! Ocasio-Cortez today claimed that COVID-19 discriminates against minorities She tweeted: “COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities,” tweeted the Democrat lawmaker. “Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions. Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID...
  • China's first bio-safety level 4 lab put into operation [From Jan 2018]

    01/30/2020 9:02:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | January 4, 2018 | Editor: Xiang Bo
    BEIJING -- China has opened its first bio-safety level four laboratory, capable of conducting experiments with highly pathogenic microorganisms, according to the national health authority on Thursday. Wuhan national bio-safety level four lab of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Wuhan P4 lab) is part of Sino-French cooperation in prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases, said the Department of Health Science, Technology and Education with the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Level four is the highest bio-safety level, used for diagnostic work and research on easily transmitted pathogens which can cause fatal disease, including Ebola virus. The Wuhan P4...
  • Pandemic could kill up to 80 million people -- and the world isn't ready, experts say

    09/18/2019 1:05:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 108 replies
    KCCI ^ | 09/18/2019
    Between 2011 and 2018, WHO tracked 1,483 epidemics worldwide, including Ebola and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the report said. These epidemics and pandemics devastated many of their host countries -- the West Africa Ebola outbreak resulted in a loss of $53 billion in economic and social cost. These huge economic costs translate to severe real-life consequences -- lost jobs, forced displacement, inaccessible healthcare, and greater mortality. While disease, epidemics, and pandemics have always existed, greater population density and the ability to travel anywhere in the world within 36 hours means disease can spread rapidly through a country and then...
  • None Dare Call it a Coincidence: Andy Stern and the White House Biodefense Program

    07/15/2010 11:31:13 AM PDT · by opentalk · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | Jul 10th 2010 | LaborUnionReport
    There are many who argue that President Obama has (repeatedly) broken his promise to bring transparency and openness to the White House. In literal terms, however, Obama may not have actually broken that specific promise ,.. it’s just that people may not have understood what Obama meant by transparency and openness. ..Here’s a case in point: First Dot: Several months ago, the union world was shocked when Andy Stern, the ignominious president of the Service Employees International Union abruptly “quit” as leader of the Purple Hand. Surprise and speculation swelled. Was it the Blago Trial? Is he sick?Second Dot: Then,...
  • Why viruses like Herpes and Zika will need to be reclassified, and its biotech impact

    09/28/2019 6:15:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 09/27/2019 | San Diego State University
    In the 1950s and '60s as scientists began to obtain high resolution images of viruses, they discovered the detailed structure of the capsid—an outer protective layer composed of multiple copies of the same protein—which protects the virus' genetic material. The majority of viruses have capsids that are typically quasi-spherical and display icosahedral symmetry—like a 20-sided dice for instance. The capsid shell is what protects them, and as scientists discovered their structure, they proposed that capsids could have different sizes and hold different amounts of genome, and therefore could infect hosts differently. [M]any viruses have essentially been misclassified for 60 years,...
  • An explosion occurred in the Novosibirsk Center for Virology "Vector" [Russia]

    09/16/2019 11:25:03 PM PDT · by AzNASCARfan · 72 replies
    svoboda.org ^ | September 16, 2019 | Unknown
    An explosion occurred at the Vector State Virology Research Center near Novosibirsk . This research center has one of the most comprehensive collections of dangerous viruses in the world. According to Rospotrebnadzor, on the fifth floor of a six-story laboratory building, a gas bottle exploded during repair work, after which a fire broke out on an area of 30 square meters. The fire is eliminated. One worker suffered. With burns of the second and third degree, he was taken to the hospital. In Rospotrebnadzor emphasized that in the room where the explosion occurred, there were no biohazardous substances. At the...
  • Alarming Surge in Drug-Resistant HIV Uncovered

    07/31/2019 11:39:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Scientific America ^ | July 30, 2019 | Emiliano Rodríguez Mega
    Health authorities have uncovered an alarming surge in resistance to crucial HIV drugs. Surveys by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveal that, in the past 4 years, 12 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas have surpassed acceptable levels of drug resistance against two drugs that constitute the backbone of HIV treatment: efavirenz and nevirapine. People living with HIV are routinely treated with a cocktail of drugs, known as antiretroviral therapy, but the virus can mutate into a resistant form.
  • There's Something About Space That's Triggering Herpes in Astronauts

    03/17/2019 7:09:26 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 88 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | JON CHRISTIAN
    Tests show that dormant herpes viruses reactivate in more than half the astronauts who travel on the Space Shuttle and International Space station, according to new NASA research - a phenomenon the space agency says could pose problems for deep space missions. ..."In keeping with this, we find that astronaut's immune cells - particularly those that normally suppress and eliminate viruses - become less effective during spaceflight and sometimes for up to 60 days after."
  • Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight

    03/17/2019 5:35:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 03/15/2019
    "NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation—not to mention the extreme G forces of take-off and re-entry," says senior author Dr. Satish K. Mehta of KBR Wyle at the Johnson Space Center. "This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle." "During spaceflight there is a rise in secretion of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which are known to suppress the immune system. In keeping with this, we find that astronaut's immune cells—particularly those that normally suppress and eliminate viruses—become less effective during spaceflight...
  • More Ancient Viruses Lurk In Our DNA Than We Thought

    03/28/2016 6:19:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    University of Michigan ^ | March 22, 2016 | Kara Gavin
    One whole endogenous retrovirus genome -- and bits of 17 others -- were spotted in a study of 2,500 human genomes... Nineteen new pieces of DNA -- left by viruses that first infected our ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago -- have just been found, lurking between our own genes. And one stretch of newfound DNA, found in about 50 of the 2,500 people studied, contains an intact, full genetic recipe for an entire virus, say the scientists who published their findings today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Whether or not it can replicate, or...
  • Test unravels history of infection

    06/04/2015 5:28:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 4, 2015 | Jonathan Ball
    US researchers claim to have developed a single test that is able to identify past exposure to every known human virus infection, using a drop of blood.The technique decodes the infection history imprinted in our immune response. The scientists hope that the test will eventually provide important insight into how viruses contribute to development of a range of diseases. The work was published in the journal Science. During a virus infection, your immune system generates antibodies designed to fight the virus. Each antibody recognises a tiny fragment of the virus and their interaction is very specific - they fit like...
  • Plan For Lethal-Virus Laboratories Leaves Smalltown USA In Uproar

    06/28/2003 3:37:39 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-29-2003 | Andrew Gumbel
    Plan for lethal-virus laboratories leaves Smalltown USA in uproar By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles 29 June 2003 A network of high-security laboratories for storing and investigating some of the most lethal viruses known to mankind is being built across the US, leaving communities in uproar. They not only fear the risk of the viruses escaping, but also contend that the programme, part of the $6bn (£3.5bn) Project BioShield, is a stunning case of overkill. For none of the germs to be studied is related to bioweaponry. In the tiny town of Hamilton, Montana, campaigners worry that they will become...
  • Scientists Map 5,000 New Ocean Viruses

    05/21/2015 4:48:16 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 5/21/15 | Carl Zimmer
    Scientists Map 5,000 New Ocean Viruses In the few decades since viruses were first found in the oceans, scientists have only been able to identify a handful of species. A new survey has uncovered nearly all the rest. Photographs by Jennifer Brum, Tucson Marine Phage LabA few of the more than 5,000 viruses discovered during the Tara Oceans Expedition. By: Carl ZimmerMay 21, 2015 In March 2011, the Tara, a 36-meter schooner, sailed from Chile to Easter Island — a three-week leg of a five-year global scientific expedition. All but one of the seven scientists aboard the ship spent much...
  • New DNA Tech: Creating Unicorns and Curing Cancer for Real?

    04/05/2015 11:12:38 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/04/2015 | David Ewing Duncan
    We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future. “We have within our grasp the technology to change evolution. This could change the course of biological life.” — Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate and a pioneer of genetic engineeringIn 2012, scientists in the U.S. and Sweden invented a technology as potentially life-altering as splitting the atom. One that you haven’t heard of—yet—called “CRISPR-Cas9”. This innovation with the cumbrous name allows biologists to edit DNA almost as easily as cutting and pasting words and letters on a laptop.Scientists say...
  • Malwarebytes Programs

    04/02/2015 10:43:19 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 21 replies
    Is Malwarebytes and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploits two separate programs? If so, is it advised to have both programs on my computer? I am currently using Malwarebytes Anti-malware on my Windows 8.1 system.
  • Hackers abuse another Adobe Flash zero-day to attack thousands of web users with redirects

    02/03/2015 12:12:35 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, February 2, 2015
    “Adobe is scurrying to patch the third Flash zero-day of the year, with criminal hackers already using a previously unknown and unpatched vulnerability to launch attacks against thousands of web denizens, security researchers warned today,” Thomas Fox-Brewster reports for Forbes. “Those attacks hit visitors to popular video sharing site Dailymotion, with other sites thought to be affected as the infections were launched via advertisements that will likely be resident on many other web pages.” “Visitors to any affected site would have been redirected to an attacker-controlled page where an exploit kit would attempt to compromise the target system by targeting...
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Linked To Physiological Viral Shifts

    01/24/2015 10:30:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    diabetesinsider.com ^ | Jan 24 2015 - 1:02pm | Shelly Fraley
    Washington University School of Medicine researchers have found that those patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases also had a greater variety of viruses contained within their digestive systems than they found in the bowels of health volunteers. This, they believe, suggests that viruses somehow play a role in the development of this condition. ... “This is the tip of the iceberg. A significant portion of the viral DNA we identified in these patients is unfamiliar to us—it comes from newly identified viruses we don’t know much about,” explains senior study author Herbert W. Virgin. “We have a great deal...
  • Ebola, Marburg viruses edit genetic material during infection

    11/04/2014 7:31:05 AM PST · by wtd · 15 replies
    Medical Press ^ | November 4, 2014
    Ebola, Marburg viruses edit genetic material during infectionFiloviruses like Ebola "edit" genetic material as they invade their hosts, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The work, by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Galveston National Laboratory, and the J. Craig Venter Institute, could lead to a better understanding of these viruses, paving the way for new treatments down the road. Using a laboratory technique called deep sequencing, investigators set out to investigate filovirus replication and transcription, processes involved in the virus...